Early in 2012, a promising young journalist joined WMUK's local news team pretty much straight out of college. In the six years since then, Rebecca Thiele has become the producer and host of Arts & More , our weekly look at arts and culture in southwest Michigan, and WMUK's "beat" reporter covering the environment, science, and technology. Sadly, we must now bid her farewell.
It has been twenty years since Leif Ove Andsnes received the 1998 Gilmore Artist Award, which is given to unusually gifted pianists with the potential to make an original impact on music. In the years since, Andsnes has found new wells of creativity through collaborations with singers, instrumentalists, and orchestras, and through his own solo playing. On Monday, April 30 the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival will present Andsnes in recital at Chenery Auditorium at 8 pm. In a conversation recorded by phone from his home in Norway, Andsnes talks about his recent projects, which include a new recording of music by Jean Sibelius, whose solo piano works have been long overlooked. He touches on fatherhood, as well as the variety of pieces on his program: Carl Nielsen's Chaconne, Beethoven's Sonata Op. 31 No. 2 "Tempest," Idyll and Abyss by Jörg Widmann, and selected works of Schubert.